A music degree is more applicable than you'd think

A music degree is more applicable than you'd think

When musical and performing artist go to college, it's usually easy for them to declare a major - their passion easily drives their decision. However, they will often hear critics asking this question: "well, what are you going to do with as degree in MUSIC?" Well, cynical people, here's the blog post for you - a list of things that a music major is handy or necessary for. And it turns out the list is quite long:

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How to get great headshots for musical theatre

How to get great headshots for musical theatre

There are few things that will affect the trajectory of your musical theatre career as much as your headshot - it is the single most important marketing tool you have as an actor. It will be present on your audition submissions, your website, in printed programs and credits, on your profile for various social media platforms, and more. In this field, YOU are the product, and your headshot is what gives YOU a visual identity. Whoa.....that's a lot of pressure! Relax - Musical Theatre U is here to break down the headshot process into a few simple, manageable steps. Consider the following points carefully, and you'll end up with great headshots:

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Actors’ Equity pushes for minimum wage, but not all members want it

Actors’ Equity pushes for minimum wage, but not all members want it

They rehearse for weeks, often in run down theaters that were once garages or retail stores; perform challenging premieres of new works and imaginative reinterpretations of old ones; and sometimes clean the bathrooms, sell the tickets, or sew the costumes, too.

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The pros and cons of acting in community theatre

The pros and cons of acting in community theatre

Many Musical Theatre U readers are just starting their acting careers, or could be considered pre-professional. After graduating out of a high school or college level theatre program, what's next? If you're lucky, you might get cast immediately into paid, professional work. However, the majority will work their way up the ladder, just like any other career, and move from lower status jobs gradually up to paid and leading roles. Often, that ladder begins with community theatre, a natural step after a high school or college program. Let's discuss what it's like to participate in a community theatre production, what kind of situations you'll encounter, and how to make the most of it.

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Best musical theatre podcasts

Best musical theatre podcasts

Merry Christmas folks, here's my gift to you: I've done the tough work on your behalf, and found the best podcasts out there for musical theatre professionals, students and enthusiasts. After listening to more than 20 different shows, I regularly tune into these six because of the quality of topics, the excellent formatting, and the actionable information I walk away with. Pick the ones most relevant to you, or listen to them all to get a well rounded musical theatre education:

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Auditioning for musical theatre - what my corporate job taught me about landing the role

Auditioning for musical theatre - what my corporate job taught me about landing the role

Performers either thrive or wilt under the pressure of auditioning. An audition is like any other job interview, and the more you view it that way the more pressure you'll be able to relieve from the situation. As someone who has paid the bills for many years by keeping a full time day job in addition to my musical theatre career, I've done my fair share of interviewing and I've also sat on the other side of the table as a member of several interview panels. Through those experiences I've come to see how similar auditioning is to the interview process in corporate America. 

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What can I do with a musical theatre degree?

What can I do with a musical theatre degree?

One of the biggest beefs I have with college programs based in the liberal arts is that they don't spend much time, if any, helping students figure out what they want to do to apply their degree to a job once they finish school. College is very black and white - you declare a major, and spend all your time in that narrow focus. Entering the real world is very gray, with most employment opportunities including a combination of several skill areas and may include elements of your dream job along with a few things you'd probably never imagine yourself doing. So what's a graduate to do with a degree in musical theatre? 

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